Fairfax, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park
The 100-foot-wide Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park (W&OD Trail) features a 45-mile asphalt trail for walking, running, skating, bicycling and other activities and a 33-mile, parallel, gravel bridle path for horseback riding and hiking. The W&OD Trail traverses the Piedmont between the Potomac River and the Blue Ridge Mountains creating a recreation corridor extending from the Virginia suburb of Arlington to the farming areas of western Loudoun County.
The W&OD Trail takes its name from the railroad whose trains ran along the right-of-way from 1859 until 1968. Never very successful, the railroad's demise was hastened by the improved road system and increased number of motor vehicles.
Erected by NOVA Parks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the NOVA Parks, and the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
Location. 38° 51.715′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2823 Pickett Road, Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (here, next to this marker); City of Fairfax Community Services and Recreation (a few steps from this marker); Peyton Anderson (approx. half a mile away); Grandma's Cottage (approx. 1.3 miles away); Willcoxon Family Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Boxwood Garden (approx. 1.3 miles away); Blenheim House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Dairy Barn Complex (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.